The Latest: England cancels soccer friendly against Germany

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England has canceled its women’s friendly match against Germany on Tuesday after a member of its backroom staff tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Football Association says it has made the decision in light of current protocols in Germany that would require any individual who tested positive once in Germany to self-isolate for 14 days.

An FA statement says “we cannot take the risk that this may happen to a player or member of England staff.”

The match against Germany in Wiesbaden would have been England’s first fixture since the SheBelieves Cup in March. England’s next match is scheduled to be against Norway on Dec. 1.

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Italy is shutting its stadiums to fans again.

A new government decree that will go into effect on Monday for at least a month eliminates the current rule allowing up to 1,000 spectators at stadiums for soccer games and other sports.

The move is part of a series of new measures put into place after new virus cases in the country approached 20,000 over the past two days.

Serie A was finished without fans last season during the restart. Then the government decided last month to allow in a maximum of 1,000 spectators.

The new decree says professional games are allowed in outdoor venues “without fans in attendance.”

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